Need You Now
Lady Antebellum certainly need have no fear of a sophomore slump—months before the release of the group’s second album, the title track became Lady A’s longest-running chart-topper to date. The trio’s strength is its ability to craft memorable country-pop hooks, and despite busy touring schedules, the group has managed to write songs like the dark and memorable “Need You Now” and the ruggedly beautiful “Hello World,” both highlighted by Dave Haywood’s evocative piano melodies. Hillary Scott’s sweetly composed voice wraps beautifully around Charles’ fine-tuned powerhouse vocal without overpowering it on songs like “When You Got a Good Thing” and “Our Kind of Love.” Admittedly, songs that are true duet material are hard to find, and this album finds Charles and Hillary taking more frequent solo shots, like Charles’ lead vocal turn on the sweet country tune “Something ’Bout a Woman,” which is reminiscent of Vince Gill. Not every song works on this record, as “Stars Tonight” sounds more forced than fun, and “Perfect Day” carries a few too many clichés. Otherwise, Lady A knows it’s got a good thing.